Searching for 3 fishermen

The search continues for three missing First Nations fishermen whose boat sank off the coast of Tofino.

While the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre has scaled back its search and handed the case over to Tofino RCMP as a missing persons file, dozens of community members and volunteers continued to comb the shoreline and seas for the men on Sunday.

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation spokesman Connor Paone says are about ten boats were on the water this afternoon, plus an RCMP vessel with a dive team and sonar searching the ocean floor.

An emergency operations centre has been set up on a nearby dock to monitor search progress and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council is offering mental health support to those in need, Paone said.

"Everyone is coming together to support each other and everyone is being really strong," he said. "I can't comment on how the families are doing at this time, but I know they have a lot of support behind them."

Paone said the First Nation is not releasing the names of the missing because it has not received permission from their families to do so.

There were five people aboard the six-metre tin boat that went down without a mayday call early Friday morning, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and RCMP said.

One person was rescued from the water while another swam ashore within the first two hours, they said.

Both have been release from hospital, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation said.


Streaker shut down

During the B.C. Lions' opening game for the season at B.C. Place, one fan decided to take to the field and run around — but defensive back Marcell Young wasn't having it. 

Young tackled the fan at the 45-yard line as the man was running around the field during a stoppage in the play. 

Two other Lions players congratulated Young for the hit, with a chest bump and a high five, while a security guard apprehended the fan. 

The Lions say no disciplinary action will be taken against Young.

Check it out here

-with files from CTV Vancouver

Man missing for a month

Volunteers in the Cowichan Valley undertook a large-scale search on Saturday morning for missing resident Ben Kilmer, marking a month since he disappeared.

Kilmer, 41, was last seen on May 16, working at a site for his job as an electrician.

That day, his work van was found running on the side of Cowichan Lake Road with blood inside. Investigators also found blood on a nearby trail.

Police haven't deemed Kilmer's disappearance as suspicious, and are still calling it a missing person case.

Saturday's search didn't turn in the desired result, but Kilmer's wife, Tonya, said she believes "in every fibre in [her] body" that her husband is still alive.

“If anybody knows anything about Ben, if there is foul play involved, I just need you to hear that I forgive you,” she said to CTV. “Please have mercy on our family. Have mercy on our children.”

Two other men vanished on Vancouver Island the same day as Kilmer.

Dan Archibald, 37, and Ryan Daley, 43, were last seen in Ucluelet where they arrived by boat after a voyage from Panama. Police are treating their disappearances as suspicious.

- with files from CTV Vancouver Island


Killer whale numbers down

The population of orcas in the waters of southern B.C. and Washington State is at its lowest number in nearly 40 years.

According to the Center for Whale Research in Washington, the region's orca population is at 75. That compares to a count of 83 in 2016 — a year that a "baby boom" of orcas occurred.

The CWR said a 23-year-old male orca, known by researchers as L92, is missing and likely dead.

L92, who is part of the L pod, was last seen in November.

His supposed death would leave the L pod at 34, compared to nearly 60 in the early 1990s. There are also 23 orcas in J pod and 18 in K pod.

Researchers said orcas have spent less time in inland waters in recent waters, which falls in line with declining salmon runs in the Fraser River.

- with files from CTV Vancouver

Search scaled back

The search for three people who have been missing since their boat sank early Friday morning is being scaled back.

In a statement on social media, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the search has been turned over to the RCMP as a missing persons case.

The JRCC says there were five people aboard the open, six-metre boat that sank without a mayday call.

One person was found in the water south of Felice Island, while a second swam ashore to Duffin Cove.

Both were taken to hospital.

Kinder Morgan rule breakers

Kinder Morgan said Friday that it broke rules protecting marine life from intense noise during construction in Burnaby B.C. a few months back. 

"Trans Mountain recognized and reported exceedances of the thresholds and followed a mitigation plan which included providing the occurrence details, mitigative actions taken and results in the reports and responses to Information Requests from DFO," the company told CTV News in a statement.

Maximum noise levels put together by the federal government to protect marine mammals and fish were surpassed while the company was pile driving in April.

"Trans Mountain is committed to compliance with its environmental and regulatory obligations and we are aggressively implementing measures to avoid future non-compliance," Kinder Morgan said.

DFO says they don't believe any marine life was harmed during the work that violated the permit, but the federal government has told the company it expects it to follow the rules moving forward.

-with files from CTV Vancouver 

$9B upgrade coming to YVR

More than $9B in upgrades and renovations are coming to the Vancouver International Airport over the next two decades.

Ground was broken Thursday on a new 2,200-stall sustainable parkade, which will include geothermal heating and electric vehicle charging.

It will also house a rainwater harvesting system.

"We'll store up to 10 million litres of water that we can use for cleaning cars, watering plants and even fighting a fire in the event of an earthquake," said Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Runway expansions will also take place to improve safety. A total of 75 projects will be completed over 20 years.

—with files from CTV Vancouver 

Coroner's inquest wraps

The British Columbia RCMP says it will review recommendations from jurors who called for police to look at how they handle serious calls.

Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says the RCMP takes very seriously recommendations issued by a coroner's inquest into the death of a woman who spent four days paralyzed and dying inside her home in Mission, B.C., in 2008.

The inquest heard this week that two RCMP officers responded to a call about shots fired in the rural neighbourhood, but they did not get out of their vehicles to investigate or contact the neighbour who called 911.

Inside the home, 37-year-old Lisa Dudley and her boyfriend had been shot, and the woman lay in the home for four days until a neighbour checked in and called for help. Dudley died in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

The inquest issued its written verdict Thursday night and made nine recommendations, including that RCMP explore policies around following up on calls about "potential grievous bodily harm" like shootings and stabbings, and look at increased training if such policies are already in place.

Linteau says each of the recommendations will be "thoroughly reviewed" and the force will provide a full written response to the BC Coroners Service.

"We welcome any opportunity to examine existing procedures and policies as they apply to front-line policing and police operations in order to ensure that we are providing the best policing services to the public," Linteau said in an email.

The jury also recommended the force implement a mandatory routine review and training on "First Response Investigations Policy" at all levels.

The jury called on the police dispatch service to review its procedures and training to make sure employees "properly and thoroughly document all details reported by a complainant," and that all calls are recorded and can be made public under access to information laws.

A recording was played at the hearing where Cpl. Michael White, then a constable with seven years of experience, laughed with a police dispatcher about a 911 call made by Dudley's neighbour.

"Six gunshots in a row and a crash,'' the officer said before laughing.

"Yeah, exactly. Don't you love this?'' the dispatcher replied.

A lawyer for Dudley's family asked White during his testimony to the jury if he thought a shots-fired call was funny.

"No, it's not funny,'' he told the inquest. "I was skeptical.''

White told the five-member jury he had reservations about the call because it was an unusually high number of gunshots and it had only been reported by one neighbour.

The RCMP later gave the officer a written reprimand and docked him a day's pay as punishment.

The jury also made recommendations for B.C.'s Ministry of Public Safety, saying it should review how complaints of potential grievous bodily harm are investigated by all police agencies across the province, and explore implementing mandatory training for responding to those complaints.

A statement from the ministry thanked the jurors for their recommendations and said they would be considered carefully.

Jurors also wanted to see BC Emergency Health Services explore options for "a designated air ambulance that is better equipped to allow patient care during transport," the inquest's verdict said.

The service said it had not yet received the recommendations formally and would provided comment once they had been received and considered in full.

The goal of an inquest is not to lay blame, but to determine the events that led to a person's death and make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Car lifted off cyclist's chest

Claire Surgenor remembers staring at the back wheels of a car crushing her chest, struggling to breathe, and praying. Then she lost consciousness on the rain-soaked sidewalk in Nanaimo, B.C.

The next thing she remembered was coming to and asking a stranger where her husband was.

"I had no pulse, she told me," Surgenor said. "I had so much pain in my chest and back. I'm French, so I don't hold my pain in. I yelled out every time somebody touched me or tried to move me. It was excruciating."

Surgenor, 72, was riding her bike last Saturday when she felt it skid on the sidewalk before easing herself to the ground.

"So I'm sitting on the ground ready to get up and this car was ramming at me," she said, her voice shaking with emotion. "Knocked me over, pulled me under, twisted me and stopped on top of my chest.

"I couldn't breathe and I thought I was going to die. I was really struggling for every breath and I could see the back wheels. I was praying, 'Oh God, don't finish me off.' And then I went out."

Surgenor later learned how a group of people, including two Mounties, lifted the sedan off her and saved her life and that the stranger who found no pulse was a nurse.

Nanaimo RCMP said two Mounties happened to be driving by when they were flagged down by several panic-stricken people.

The officers and seven other people hoisted the car onto its side, allowing the nurse to pull Surgenor out from under the vehicle before an ambulance was called.

"I struggled a bit and regained my breath and was totally conscious," Surgenor said. "I remember asking for my husband."

She said she suffered a fractured rib, a hole punctured in her lung, and an injury to her liver.

"I made it without a broken bone," she said. "I've always been very active. Farm girl, hard work, gardening. I think that paid off."

Surgenor was released from hospital the following day and is recovering at home.

She recently spoke with the nurse, and the two plan to meet soon.

Surgenor's husband Ron is thankful for the Mounties who were going by at the right time, as well as the nurse and all the bystanders who helped save his wife's life.

"It was absolutely, in our mind, a miracle this all came together at that moment," he said.

"People will help you when you need them. There's a lot of real, good, caring people out there."

RCMP said the 32-year-old driver of the car that hit Surgenor likely won't be charged based on witnesses saying he apparently didn't see her. 

Lawyer wins $1 in lawsuit

A British Columbia lawyer has been awarded $1 in damages after suing a former client for posting a negative review online.

Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee and her firm Acumen Law allege in court documents that a Google Plus review calling her the "worstest lawyer" led to a decline in client calls.

The reviewer did not respond to the civil claim or appear in court, which meant the plaintiffs would be awarded damages by default.

Justice Catherine Murray says in her decision that businesses with Google Plus profiles and the like are inviting comments from customers and that "surely" no one can expect to receive all favourable reports.

Murray says she's not satisfied that a reasonably thoughtful, well-informed person would accept the post as being accurate, since it was clearly written by a disgruntled client, was posted in the heat of the moment and was written in poor English.

Although Lee and Acumen filed for $15,000 in damages for lost opportunity, Murray awarded them only $1 in damages to "demonstrate disapproval of the plaintiffs' actions."

'Our salmon are dying'

Premier John Horgan's news conference about protecting British Columbia's wild salmon stocks was interrupted by a protester shouting "you sold us out," and "our salmon are dying."

The woman loudly accused Horgan of allowing the province's ocean-based aquaculture industry to continue operating while wild salmon stocks are struggling to survive.

The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, says she is from the Alert Bay area but has been living in a tent on Swanson Island near several commercial salmon farms.

Horgan, who announced the formation of an advisory council to develop plans to restore and protect B.C.'s wild salmon stocks, denied the woman's claims that his government was stalling on protecting wild salmon.

Environmentalists and First Nations say the farms infect the wild stock as they swim past, but studies haven't been as conclusive.

Horgan says the government will soon have further comment on the future of salmon farm tenures that are due to expire June 20 for many of the aquaculture operations located on the north side of Vancouver Island.

The wild salmon council will submit its recommendations to the government this fall.

Targeted break and enter

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a violent break and enter at a local motel.

Police say it happened in the early hours of Friday morning. A group of men broke into two units of the motel and assaulted the occupants while stealing property belonging to the occupants as well as property from the motel.

The suspects fled the scene in what is believed to be a black SUV.

"The investigation is ongoing however police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk," said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson. "We believe this is a target isolated incident and we are actively investigating these violent offences."

Anyone with information on is asked to call the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477

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